Work Site Injury- Defective Product: $5,200,000.00
Plaintiff, a 38 year old shipyard worker, was painting the bottom hull of a ship in a dry dock while standing on a mobile hydraulic elevating platform lift. Plaintiff accidentally leaned over a control lever which caused the platform to rise and pin Plaintiff’s neck between the platform railing and the hull of the ship. The action was brought against the manufacturer and lessor of the subject lift. Plaintiff contended that the lift was defectively dangerous in that the lift control lever was unguarded, permitting inadvertent activation by the operator. Plaintiff also contended that the manufacturer failed to warm of the danger of inadvertent activation. Plaintiff suffered a severe spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia.
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